Despite putting out a fairly full strength lineup, it took the Yankees quite a long time to do anything on offense.
Through the first seven innings, the Yankees recorded just two hits, scoring zero runs. The pitching did quite well, however, and that allowed for the Yankees to take a lead in an eighth inning rally that came out of nowhere.
Down 1-0, Didi Gregorius led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a home run, just the third hit for the Yankees on the day. After that Aaron Hicks singled, and both Adam Lind and Gleyber Torres walked to load the bases. Shane Robinson grounded into a force out at second, but the Tigers couldn’t turn two, allowing a run to score and give the Yankees the lead.
However, Giovanny Gallegos coughed that run up in the top of the ninth. The Yankees got a runner to third in the bottom of ninth, but couldn’t push it across. The teams decided to end things there, and the game finished in a 2-2 tie, because spring training.
Other than Gallegos, the pitching was pretty solid. CC Sabathia got the start. He allowed a run on a home run, but was mostly decent. Sabathia finished after allowing four hits and a walk in his four innings, also striking out one. The run was the first he’s allowed in six innings this spring.
After that, several key members of the Yankees’ bullpen made appearances. Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, and Chad Green each threw an inning, with none of them allowing a run. All four them allowed exactly one baserunner, but in total, it was pretty good work from the bullpen.
Up until the eight inning, the lineup did not do much of anything. The lone hits prior to the eight inning came from Lind and Torres. They both singled in the third inning, but Brett Gardner grounded into a double play before the Yankees could capitalize on that.
Despite the lack of a win for either team, there were some encouraging signs for the Yankees. Several key bullpen pieces looked good. Gregorius hit his third home run of the spring, all three coming in the last week. Plus, you saw solid days from Torres and Lind. It’s also looking pretty clear that Gallegos probably won’t make the team out of spring.